Throughout the year, HANO offers professional development opportunities in core best practices areas to help you become more knowledgeable, effective, and accountable. HANO members receive a discount on all HANO trainings.
The following list provides a sampling of topics that may be offered as open-forum formats:
- Board Alive! Best Practices for Nonprofit Board Governance: Effective board governance is critical to ensuring that a nonprofit organization delivers on its mission, manages its resources effectively, and maintains its reputation. This half-day workshop provides board members and executives with tools to help them become more engaged and informed and to fully understand the commitment of serving on a nonprofit board.
- Budgeting Techniques for Nonprofits: A Hands-On Training: Sound financial management and planning are crucial to a nonprofit’s ability to deliver cost-effective services. This half-day workshop is geared to the needs of smaller nonprofit organizations that do not have a professional budget analyst. It introduces participants to the nonprofit budget preparation process and covers topics like keys to timely budget preparation, implementation, monitoring and modification; organizing the budget process; and budgeting for government grants. Participants should have a basic, working knowledge of Microsoft Excel.
- Designing Program-Level Outcome Measures: A one-day workshop for executive and program leaders who are looking for hands-on experience developing outcomes for their organization’s program(s). In today’s environment where donors and consumers want to be assured of quality services and investment in real changes, nonprofit organizations have to develop clear, measurable indicators of their programs’ successes and impact. Ultimately, organizations that fully utilize outcome measures can become learning organizations that reflect on their practices using sound data and seek to improve for the benefit of their constituents, stakeholders and management.
- How to Engage Your Board in Fundraising: Creating the Conditions for Fundraising Success: A recent national study by CompassPoint and the Evelyn and Walter Haas, Jr. Fund examined the challenges facing nonprofit fundraising. Among the key ingredients that enable successful fundraising they found are that the staff, executive director and board are deeply engaged in fundraising as ambassadors and in many cases as solicitors on behalf of the organization. Not surprisingly, three out of four executive directors polled in the study said board member engagement in fundraising was “insufficient.” This interactive workshop examines strategies to create effective engagement with your board and a “culture of philanthropy” that supports fundraising success. Topics include: why understanding the conditions necessary for fundraising success may be more important than another board training; the key role of the executive director in creating strong fundraising partnerships with the board and development director; the critical connections between your fund development plan, strategic plan and vision for the organization.
- Proposal Writing: An Interactive Exploration of Grant-Seeking from Hawai‘i Trusts and Foundations: This full-day workshop introduces basic techniques in researching grants, enhances skills in proposal writing for foundation funding and gives participants hands-on experience in preparing and reviewing a proposal. Topics include the history of foundations in Hawaii and current trends in philanthropic giving (local and national); strategies for finding the fit with funders; how to put together a proposal and proposal package; and criteria funders employ when evaluating proposals.
- Achieving Your Vision Through Strategic Planning: Good strategic planning helps nonprofits clarify where their organization is going, how it’s going to get there, and how it will know when it’s arrived. It creates the framework for board and staff to focus their energy and resources toward common goals. This half-day workshop is a practical introduction to the key concepts and techniques of strategic planning and will help participants understand how to design an effective planning process that meets their organization’s needs.
- Advocacy 101: Are you ready for the legislative session? Is your voice — and that of your members, clients and community — being heard in the policy-making process? This half-day training will help you get started! This training is designed for 501(c)(3) nonprofit staff, board members, and volunteers who are new to policy advocacy or who need a “refresher” on the basics.
- Nonprofit Compliance 101: This half-day workshop introduces and demystifies the various types of initial and ongoing compliance requirements necessary to maintain a tax-exempt organization. Topics include formation, licenses and exemption, state and federal administrative, governance and tax requirements, and fundraising and financial compliance.
HANO trainings are also offered on-demand for your organization. If you would like us to bring one of these workshops to your organization, or if you are interested in partnering on a professional development opportunity, please contact Jennifer Cornish Creed at firstname.lastname@example.org or (808) 529-0453.